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Pinole, a powdered drink mix from Jalisco

Mugs | Jul 15, 200405:26 PM

An acquaintance yesterday brought me a baggie filled with a beige powder called "pinole" made by her mother-in-law in Bolanos, Jalisco, Mexico and consisting of the following, all finely ground: corn, garbanzo beans, peanuts, cinnamon, anise, and a sweetener called "piloncillo" in Spanish. I was told pinole is mixed with milk and drank at breakfast "for energy."

I had some this morning. It tasted fine, a little bit reminiscent of the Horlick's dry malted-milk powder I used to eat out of the jar as a lad.

Is anyone familiar with this potion? Is it served in any Mexican restaurants? Available at Mexican stores? Anyone have any special uses for it? The tapatio who gave it to me is not associated with Restaurante Amanecer Tapatio.

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